Alzheimer’s Research UK moves into Great Abington
Alzheimer’s Research UK has moved its headquarters to Great Abington.
The national charity has moved its base to Granta Park from Great Shelford last Friday (March 1) to have a larger base to accommodate its 39 staff.
Alzheimer’s Research began in 1992 with the initial aim of building a dementia research centre in Cambridge, before the its focus shifted to funding scientists in universities across the UK , ensuring that as much money as possible goes directly to research.
Today it is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, specialising in funding research into new treatments, preventions and improved diagnosis, with a network of world-class scientists across the country working to defeat dementia.
Last year the charity committed a record £5.5m to new research projects, bringing the current commitment to research to over £20m, and it has an ambitious plan to significantly increase that investment.
This growth has meant Alzheimer’s Research now needs a larger space for offices.
Staff respond to enquiries from a growing number of supporters and those affected by dementia, raise funds, manage large research programme and campaigning for greater investment in dementia research.
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Since we began our work more than 20 years ago, we’ve seen many changes both within the charity and in the dementia research landscape.
“Dementia is now more widely recognised as a medical condition and people have begun to grasp the urgent need for effective treatments for these diseases.
“At the same time Alzheimer’s Research UK has continued to grow, with an ever-increasing number of supporters now helping us fund over £20m of pioneering research at universities across the UK – yet there is still much more to be done.
“Our vision for the future is ambitious, and to achieve it we need to continue increasing our own investment in the best research, while working with others to ensure as much funding as possible is made available for dementia science.
“Our new base at Granta Park will give us the room to grow and meet this vision, and puts us in the heart of the scientific community that is so crucial to defeating dementia.
“While we are sad to leave Great Shelford, we’re excited to be moving into our new home in Great Abington and full of optimism for the future.
“With 820,000 people living with dementia in the UK, we desperately need treatments that can tackle the diseases that cause it – with enough support, we can get there.”
A spokeswoman for the charity said: “We chose to move to our new offices at Riverside, Granta Park both because of the space available to us and because of its position as a science park where many other research organisations have already made their home.
“Although we are a national charity, we have always been based in Cambridgeshire and we value our connections with Cambridge, a centre of research excellence, so it was important to us to maintain these local links.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 14) Echo.
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